Alcatel-Lucent faces French fury

Unions call for government support over planned job cuts
Alcatel-Lucent is planing to spread the job losses throughout its EMEA operations.
Alcatel-Lucent is planing to spread the job losses throughout its EMEA operations.

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Alcatel-Lucent is experiencing the ire of French unions in the wake of its summer announcement to shave its workforce by over 5,000.

The July move followed a second-quarter 7% year-on-year drop in revenue, largely attributed to five years of undercutting by Chinese rivals Huawei and ZTE.

The French telecoms hardware producer has a global staff of around 78,000 and job losses will be spread across its regional markets, with the largest cuts happening in EMEA with 3,300, followed by the Americas with 1,200 and APAC with 1,000, according to Reuters.

But the company's home base will absorb over a quarter of the layoffs, leading to a call from industrial unions for government intervention. The only pledge received from ministers is a commitment to monitor developments and ensure that Alcatel-Lucent remains strong in its home market.

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